[ale] what to do with dozens of 40GB IDE drives?

David Fitzhenry dfitzhenry at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 06:49:31 EDT 2005

Hack your tivo?? It's not a drive upgrade, but if you have DirectTV, it's a 
system upgrade!

On 8/2/05, Calvin Harrigan <charriglists at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> Christopher Bergeron wrote:
> >Hey guys -
> >
> >I just took ownership of 25 (to 50) brand new 40 GB Hard Disk drives,
> >and I have no clue what to do with them. I run an LTSP shop ( ltsp
> >rocks! ), so my machines don't need HD's. I optimized the hell out of
> >them as much as I can (they're running dnetc/seti clients, etc). I just
> >realized that I have dozens of 40GB drives that aren't even being
> >powered up, and I'm trying to figure out how to put them to good use.
> >I'd like to create a fileserver array, but I'm not sure where to begin.
> >I've looked at NFS, but the LTSP clients network boot over NFS, so I
> >don't want to over complicate the network by having the clients act as
> >NFS servers too.
> >
> >Does anyone know of any hardware that I can plug 'lots' of IDE drives
> >into? I've looked at SAN / Disk Array solutions but they all seem to
> >ship WITH drives. I'd love to find a 12 or 15 disk case and backplane
> >that I can populate with my own IDE drives. Does such a beast exist?
> >
> >Also, before/if it's suggested, I've already designated several of these
> >drives for charity.
> >
> >Your guys' thoughts? What would you do with 40 40GB IDE drives?
> >
> >Thanks again,
> >CB
> >
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> I'll trade you 3-40's for a single 120 still brand new in the box...
> What brand are they anyway? The 120 is a seagate. Just bought it
> today. Smallest drive I could find (imagine that). I was really
> looking for a 20,40 or at the most an 80 gig. It's for an older machine.
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- Dave
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